Daily Archive: January 2, 2019

DCP South Delhi: Police have arrested a Nigerian national Joseph Uzoma from Malviya Nagar. He was involved in supply of cocaine, 37.5 gram of fine cocaine has been recovered.

DCP South Delhi: Police have arrested a Nigerian national Joseph Uzoma from Malviya Nagar. He was involved in supply of cocaine, 37.5 gram of fine cocaine has been recovered.

The Union #Cabinet has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

The Union has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

Modernisation of Armed Forces

Budget Estimates, Revised Estimates, Modified Appropriation and Actual Expenditure incurred under Capital Acquisition (Modernisation) Head under Defence Services Estimates (DSE) for the last five years and the current year are tabulated below:-

(Rs. in crore)

Year Budget Estimates Revised Estimates Modified Appropriation Expenditure
2013-14 73,444.59 66,406.41 66,201.92 66,850.30
2014-15 75,148.03 66,151.73 65,706.04 65,862.38
2015-16 77,406.69 65,400.00 61,699.39 62,235.54
2016-17# 69,898.51 62,619.36 64,853.86 69,280.16
2017-18* 69,473.41 68,965.24 68,980.89 72,732.20
2018-19 74,115.99 Not yet finalised. Not yet finalised. 54,230.94@

(# figure excludes MF, ECHS, DGQA, NCC, RR, DGOF and R&D)

(* figure excludes MF and ECHS)

(@Expenditure in r/o Financial Year 2018-19 is upto November, 2018)

The Final Appropriation has been fully and optimally utilized during the said period. Internal Audit and External Audit of the allocated amount is carried out by CGDA and C&AG respectively.

In May 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 26% both subject to licensing.  Further, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry has notified revised FDI policy under which FDI is allowed under automatic route upto 49% and beyond 49% through Government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded.

            During the last three years and current year (upto October, 2018) out of total 188 contracts, 121 contracts have been signed with Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment for Armed Forces such as Helicopters, Survey vessel, Radar, Ballistic Helmets, Artillery Guns, Simulators, Missiles, Bullet Proof Jackets, Electronic Fuzzes and ammunition.

            Government is taking measures for modernization of the Armed Forces, through procurement of new equipment and upgrading of existing equipment and systems. The modernization projects are being progressed as per the approved Capital Acquisition Plans and in terms of the extant Defence Procurement Procedure.

Since the launch of ‘ Make in  India’ in September 2014, several measures have been taken by the Government to promote indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence & aerospace equipment in the country under  ‘Make in India’ by harnessing the capabilities of the public and private sector.

 Government has also promulgated the policy of Strategic Partnership in the Defence Sector which encourages participation of the private sector in manufacture of major defence platforms and equipment in four selected segments viz. Submarines, Fighter Aircraft, Helicopters and Armoured Fighting vehicles / Tanks.

This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr.Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Shri Rameswar Teli and others in Lok Sabha today.

Rape Kits in Police Station

No separate data is maintained on sexual assaults in the shelter homes.

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is undertaking a training course for Investigation Officers and Prosecution Officers on collection, storage and transportation of forensic evidence in sexual assault cases, including use of Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit (SAECK).  BPR&D is providing 100 SAECK to each State/UT as part of training for orientation.

As per List-II in the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution, ‘Police’ and ‘Public Order’ are State subjects and the States are competent to equip their police stations suitably.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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Corruption Cases

Disciplinary proceedings can be initiated against the All India Services Officers (i.e. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS) for misconduct including corruption charges, under the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969; apart from liability for prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in cases of corruption.

Department of Personnel & Training deals with corruption cases involving IAS officers.  Central Government has granted sanction for prosecution against 17 IAS officers in 23 cases since January 2015.  Also, as per information received from Ministry of Home Affairs, sanction for prosecution has been granted to prosecute three IPS officers during last three years (2015 to 2017) including this year.  As per information received from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, 16 cases of corruption against IFoS officers have been noticed and sanction for prosecution has been granted in 4 cases during last three years.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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Change of UPSC Exam Pattern

The scheme of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination was revised with effect from Civil Services Examination (CSE), 2011 on the recommendations of Prof. S.K. Khanna Committee with notification of Civil Services Examination Rules, 2011 by the Government.  The earlier objective type paper of optional Subject (in Preliminary stage) was discontinued.  Vide these Rules, two papers of objective type of 200 marks each were introduced i.e. General Studies Paper-1 and General Studies Paper-2.  The merit of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination was prepared on the basis of sum total of marks scored by the candidates in Paper-1 and Paper-2.  This scheme of Preliminary Examination continued till Civil Services Examination, 2014.  However, the English language comprehension as a part of General Studies Paper-2 in the scheme of Preliminary Examination was deleted in CSE, 2014.

The Government with the notification of Rules of CSE, 2015 made the Paper-2 of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination qualifying with minimum marks of 33%.

The scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination was revised with the Notification of Civil Services Examination, 2013 on consideration of the recommendations of Prof. Arun Nigavekar Committee constituted for the purpose.  The list of optional subjects was revised.  The candidates were allowed to choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of optional subjects given in the Scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination.  Four conventional (subjective) type papers of General Studies of 250 marks each and two papers of one Optional; subject each of 250 marks were introduced.  The essay paper had a weightage of 250 marks.

The Government had increased two more attempts with consequential two years increase in the permissible upper age limits with the Civil Services Examination, 2014.  This is still in existence.  The candidates who had appeared in CSE, 2011 and were not eligible in CSE, 2015 either in terms of attaining the maximum age or exhausting the number of attempts were allowed to appear in CSE, 2015 irrespective of their age and number of attempts taken.  Prior to CSE, 2014 maximum number of attempts allowed for General Category candidates were four with the maximum age limit as 30 years.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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Posts Equivalent to Group A

The Department of Financial Services have notified the principles for determining the equivalence in respect of Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Public Financial Institutions (PFIs) and Public Sector Insurance Companies (PSICs) on 06.12.2017 which are as under:

  1. Junior Management Scale-I of PSBs, PFIs and PSICs will be treated as equivalent to Group A in the Government of India; and

(b) Clerks and Peons in PSBs, PFIs and PSICs will be treated as equivalent to Group C in the Government of India.

The Department of Public Enterprises have issued an Office Memorandum on 25.10.2017 conveying the guidelines for establishing equivalence of posts in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) with posts in Government. As per the guidelines, all the executive level posts in CPSEs i.e. Board level executives and below Board level executives, which are managerial level posts, will be considered as “Creamy Layer”, subject to the proviso that those executives whose annual income, as per criteria given in DoPT OM dated 08.09.1993, is less than Rs. 8 lakh (as amended vide DoPT OM No. 36033/1/2013-Estt.(Res) dated 13.09.2017), will not fall under the Creamy Layer criteria.

As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel and Training vide Office Memorandum dated 08.09.1993, sons and daughters of the persons falling in the Creamy Layer are not entitled to the benefit of reservation available to the Other Backward Classes.

The data on the number of officers and employees working in the Undertakings under the administrative control of the Government, (whose sons and daughters are not entitled to the benefit of reservation for Other Backward Classes), is not maintained centrally.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

 

 

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